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Choctaw Electric Cooperative member Cody Burgett of Rattan fi shes for smallmouth bass on the rugged Glover River in southeast Oklahoma.


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FISH FROM A KAYAK


ith the recent opening of Oklahoma City’s $45 million white- water kayaking facility on the Oklahoma River, kayaking has become a hot topic in the Sooner state. Whitewater rafting is a great family adventure, but there are also a number of other


opportunities for using a kayak to have some fun. Fishing in one of the many lakes and ponds in Oklahoma is an enjoyable, low-cost way to spend a hot summer afternoon. Kayak fi shing is one of the fastest-growing fi shing water sports in the country. A kayak offers a low-cost, low-impact way of exploring Oklahoma’s many man-made lakes or ponds in search of game fi sh. Most Oklahoma lakes allow kayak fi shing with the proper equipment. A small kayak for under $300 makes a great platform for fi shing, and is easy to transport and carry to remote spots. Kayaks designed specifi cally for fi shing feature rod holders, anchors and even live wells. You can toss a kayak in the back of your truck or on a roof rack and be fi shing at a local pond within minutes. Many city neighborhood ponds allow local anglers to fi sh with a kayak since no motor is involved. “I like that I can load up my kayak on Saturday morning, go fi sh at Guthrie Lake for an hour or so, and be home in time for breakfast,” Logan County resident Mark Hanks says. “A kayak allows me to reach fi shing spots I can’t reach from the bank.”


If you prefer tournament fi shing, there is even a kayak fi shing tournament series in Oklahoma. You compete with other kayak anglers to catch fi sh in smaller bodies of water and see who has the largest catch. Of course, like most bass fi shing tournaments, the fi sh are released back into the lake.


Gearing Up


Kayaks come in a wide range of sizes and confi gurations. When most people think of a kayak, they think of a sit-inside kayak like those used on the ocean or in whitewater kayaking. While those can be used and some people prefer sit-inside kayaks for fi shing, sit-on-top kayaks are growing in popularity with fi shermen. They allow fi shermen to sit up comfortably on top of the kayak, providing a better view when fi shing. Equipment such as depth fi nders, fi shing rod holders and live wells can easily be added. Kayaks can be purchased at most sporting good stores such as Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shop, Academy Sports and even Tractor Supply. Two specialty stores, OKC Kayak and Tulsa Kayak, offer customized kayaks designed with all the amenities a fi sherman could want, including fi sh fi nders, trolling motors and depth fi nders. They even allow you to test out a kayak before purchasing it. Visit OKC Kayak/Tulsa Kayak at www.oklahomakayak.com and Oklahoma Kayak Anglers at www.oklahomakayakanglers.com for more information.


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